Summer in Pittsburgh

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Pittsburgh in the summer, no matter your interests, taste buds or even the weather.

How to Pack

Summer in Pittsburgh is all about the outdoors, from enjoying festivals and live music, to cruising along the rivers and riverfront trails. When packing for a summer trip to the city, there are a few things you must not forget

  • On a gorgeous day in Pittsburgh you’ve got to soak up the sun! Don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen for protection. And if you can rock it, a sun hat may be a good idea as well.
  • When you’re planning a trip over the summer months, you’ll definitely want to bring a bathing suit and a towel. Locals love Sandcastle Waterpark, and public pools exist in many of the city’s neighborhoods and parks. Don’t forget your flip flops!

  • There is no shortage of patio dining in The ‘Burgh, but it can be fun to bring a picnic. Pack a blanket to lay out at a festival, outdoor concert or movie in the park, and sit back, relax and enjoy.

What to Do

Taking a sightseeing tour is a great way to get familiar with the city and to learn about some of the architecture, public art and fun facts that make it so unique. No matter how you choose to explore, be sure to bring your camera and get inspired by this list of Pittsburgh’s Instagram-worthy sights.

Get out and explore

If you can’t beat the heat, you may as well join it! Work up a sweat and do some sightseeing at the same time on a guided or self-guided tour along Pittsburgh’s three rivers with Kayak Pittsburgh. You can also get on the move with a tour with Segway Pittsburgh or Bike the Burgh.

Sit back and relax

If you’d prefer to let someone else do the work, why not try a sightseeing tour aboard the Gateway Clipper. Family-friendly and dinner cruises are available throughout the season. If you’re looking for something a bit more tropical, book a trip with Cruisin’ Tikis for a truly unique experience. 

What to Eat

Ice Cream

Nothing beats a frozen treat in the summertime. Go for the classics or try a new or experimental flavor at a local ice cream shop, or opt for flavorful shaved ice at local favorite Gus & YaYa’s.

Farmer's Markets

Fresh produce is plentiful in and around Pittsburgh at local farms and gardens. Stop by a farmer’s market in just about any Pittsburgh neighborhood to pick up something to enjoy.

Food Trucks

Check out one of Pittsburgh’s many food trucks, which appear daily around town at events, festivals, breweries and coffee shops. Extra points for supporting a local business on four wheels!

Healthy Choices

There are many healthy choices in Pittsburgh, and during the summer months light and refreshing food tastes best. Opt for a local café or one of Pittsburgh’s vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

Events and Holidays

During the summer in Pittsburgh there is an event or festival just about every week. No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to find something fun to do!

Have some Pride!

  • In Pittsburgh, Pride festivities go on during the whole month of June, with special events like concerts, parties and a parade during PrideFest.

Stars and Stripes

  • In Pittsburgh we love any excuse for a firework show. This makes Fourth of July in Pittsburgh hard to beat! Watch the fireworks from Mount Washington for the best view in town.

Celebrate Dad

  • Celebrate Father’s Day in Pittsburgh at any one of our over 30 local craft breweries! Go for a special meal at Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar or Tessaro’s, consistently named for having one of the best burgers in the ‘Burgh.

Festival Season

  • One of the best times of year in Pittsburgh is the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival, held in Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh. Experience live music, local art, kid-friendly activities and more during this ten-day event.
  • Summer is the best time to experience a festival in Pittsburgh. Check out the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, a weekend-long music event that takes place throughout Downtown. At Picklesburgh (a festival on a bridge!) you can try pick-related foods, drinks, games and more!

Summertime Views

In Pittsburgh we are proud to have such a beautiful (and Instagrammable!) city. The views are in full bloom during summertime, and while there’s no bad spot to see the city, there are a few views that top our list.

  • The view from Washington’s Landing in unique because it is right on the riverfront. You can easily ride your bike along the trails to wind up in this neighborhood. Be sure to check out the Washington’s Landing Bridge, with a fantastic view of the Pittsburgh skyline.
  • To see the city by water, try the view from a Gateway Clipper Sightseeing Cruise. These boats explore all three rivers, and offer special cruises for families or holidays. You’ll also learn plenty of fun facts about the city as you travel along the water.
  • For an even closer view of Pittsburgh by water, you’ll want to rent a kayak with Kayak Pittsburgh, located in the North Shore of Pittsburgh. Go on your own or take a guided tour to Pittsburgh from a total new angle.

Two Hours in Pittsburgh

Whether you’re in town for an event with a few hours to spare, or just passing through, there are a few must-see things in Pittsburgh that can be experienced in only a few hours.

There is bound to be something fun happening in Point State Park, especially during the summer. You may experience a festival or live music, or you could keep it simple and fly a kite or check out the iconic fountain.

It doesn’t have to be Tuesday to enjoy tacos in Pittsburgh! Nothing beats a good pop-up taco stand and Las Palmas is the best. Try their Oakland or Brookline locations. In Bloomfield you’ll find Baby Loves Tacos, and Bull River Taco in Squirrel Hill hits the spot as well.

Take advantage of Pittsburgh’s 24 miles of riverfront trails while you are here in the summer. Whether you enjoy biking, walking or just relaxing on a city bench, you will take in the views and warm breeze that will make you fall in love with the city.

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The sun shines bright on Pittsburgh in the summer. From events and festivals to relaxing days by the water, there is no shortage of things to see, do and eat during this season. Pull up a chair in Pittsburgh this summer!

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